Scott Hodge


Thanksgiving 2006

Nov 24, 2006

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving gathering today at our home with just a few of us and a LOT of food.  The menu was incredible.  It was seriously the BEST Thanksgiving meal I think I have ever had.  (Great job Amanda…)  Here was our menu:

Hot Cranberry Cider
A selection of fresh Italian and Greek olives
Antipasto salad with Italian cured meats and cheeses
Pressed Herbs and Spices Turkey Breast
Pumpkin-Zucchini Muffin stuffing with Chipotle Gravy

Cornbread and Andouille Dressing
Mama’s Fried Cream Corn
Baked Sweet Potato Gratin
Oven Baked Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
Butter rolls (from Harners Bakery – the BEST!)
Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie with homemade whipping cream
And a bunch of other things…

And now I shall repent.  But FIRST…

My first annual "50 Things I’m Thankful For" – some BIG, some small – but all things that I truly am thankful for.  (And in no particular order except for numbers 1 & 2.)

I’m thankful for…

  1. My wife Amanda.  (I would be in big, big trouble without her.)
  2. My 2 little angels.  (Elise & Julia
  3. Grande coffee in a venti cup every morning at Starbucks.
  4. A great steak.
  5. U2
  6. The Orchard community. 
  7. My MacBook Pro.  (It was a good decision…
  8. So many incredible friends.
  9. My Herman Miller Aeron chair in my home office.  (Thanks UN)
  10. My bed.  (It’s HUGE and so freakin’ comfy that it’s almost wrong…)
  11. A good book on my night stand.
  12. My bottle of water that sits on my night stand.
  13. My Bose Wave Radio that wakes me up every morning  (Thank God for 2 alarms on it…)
  14. The woman in my bed.  (Her name is Amanda…)
  15. Asian food.
  16. New York City
  17. Lou Malnati’s pizza
  18. God’s grace and mercy.
  19. My family.
  20. Firewood candle by Henri Bendel
  21. Miles Davis
  22. Caputo’s Italian Market that just opened up near my home.
  23. The 80 people water baptized this year at The Orchard’s BBQ & Baptism
  24. The Buckle
  25. My early morning quiet times of writing, prayer and scripture meditation.
  26. MOST of you who read my blog.
  27. "24"
  28. Napoleon Dynamite
  29. A car that runs and is paid for.  (Even thought it is approaching the 200k mark…
  30. A great staff & leadership community at The Orchard.
  31. Tacos al Pastor
  32. My father’s life.
  33. Accountability
  34. Technology (Yes, I love technology…but not as much as you, you see…
  35. The fact that I actually get PAID to do what I do. 
  36. Cultural diversity.
  37. Good conversation with spiritual seekers.
  38. The smell of a good cigar.
  39. My health.
  40. Creativity.
  41. The stars.
  42. Jazz music.
  43. The opportunity to travel once in a while.
  44. Air conditioning.
  45. My Palm Treo 700p.
  46. A good laugh.
  47. My wife’s patience as I learn how to be a better husband.
  48. What God seems to be doing in my heart these days.
  49. Friendly people.
  50. For what’s ahead.

I could keep going…  There’s so much, but I’ll save those for next time.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well.  And I want you to know that I really am thankful for all of YOU (except the anonymous people who are too chicken to leave their name in the comments section…)  But for real – why so many of you are interested in reading what’s jigglin’ around in my nugget just blows my mind.  But thanks.  You help make me smile.

And now, it’s time for bed!  Goodnight!

13 Responses to “Thanksgiving 2006”

  1. Stephanie says:

    Our family is thankful for you and your family. The friendship that we have with you all is AMAZING and even though you probably don’t know this it has helped us through some tough times. We have been blessed by the words of wisdom that you have offered us. We have also been blessed by your two girls! We are looking forward to seeing you soon! Who handles your social calendar these days?

  2. edith Zepeda says:

    Wow Scott! What a great example of a thankful heart! I am thankful for walking into the Orchard four years ago and finding the great sense of belonging. I am thankful that I was not judged but accepted and encouraged to begin my relationship with Jesus.Finding the Orchard made me a better person,mom,friend,teacher, daughter,sister and anything else I cant think of right now!

  3. Rosa says:

    Happy day after Thanksgiving from Hawai’i Scott! I am thankful for you, and for the aloha you share with all of us; you are a blessing to our world.
    Mahalo nui loa,

  4. metromom says:

    I am so with you on #27, but shouldn’t it have been #24…can’t wait for 6

  5. John Coziton says:

    I guess I have touched some nerves with appearing on this blog as anonymous. So here I am- John Coziton. I hope this makes people feel more at ease.

  6. Scott Hodge says:

    John – Thanks for that. But how about a real email address? I tried emailing you at the address you provided and it bounced. How about shooting me an email personally so we can correspond offline? Thanks!

  7. John Coziton says:

    I would caution all readers of this blog and ask them to meditate on 1 John 4:20-21. Certainly this is a tough command but one that needs to be reflected on the blogs of “Christ followers”- and by all of those who choose to comment.

  8. MOST of you who read my blog…
    Priceless… Am thankful for you Scott!!

  9. Dave B. says:

    Look, it’s our friend John again.
    I guess a staple scripture for our friend John Coziton is Philippians 3: 1-2, hone in on verse 2.
    A prophet and savior (I believe his name was Jesus) warned us of people like you…those pronouncing judgment on others. “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” (And John, he’s not referring to sin here.)

  10. Kathryn says:

    I am also thankful for #6, 46, 49. I would love to have a #9. I had to sing along to #34.

  11. Joni says:

    I just want to know if Amanda made all that food by herself. Wow! Got any left overs perhaps for a Common Grounds snack bar? Can I place an order online?

  12. John Coziton says:

    Dave B,
    I am not pronouncing judgement on you. There is only one who is worthy of that- fortunately for you:)

  13. FP says:

    Hey Scott-
    i found your blog about 2 weeks ago. sorry it took me so long :)
    anyways, just wanted to say thanks for being an inspiration to me and my ministry.
    i am the student pastor at a church big time in transition.
    i’d love to talk with you some time when you have a chance and ask you a few questions.
    would you be available?
    May God bless you and yours,

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